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Eleanor J. Bader Papers, circa 1922-2013, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Eleanor J. Bader Papers, circa 1922-2013, undated

ID: 00/MG 107

Primary Creator: Bader, Eleanor J.

Extent: 16.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into seven series: Series I: Personal and Family; Series II: Education; Series III: Career; Series IV: Organizations; Series V: Miscellaneous; Series VI: Multimedia; and Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts.

Date Acquired: 04/10/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Physical Therapy Association, Beta Sigma Phi, Civic leaders--United States, Delivering Inclusive Access to Disabled and Elderly Members (DIADEM), Foster Grandparent Program (U.S.), National Easter Seal Society (U.S.), Physical therapists--United States, United States. Social Security Administration, Virginia Opera Association, Virginia Symphony, Voluntarism--United States

Languages: English

Abstract

Chronicling the family and personal life, education, career, and community involvement of Eleanor J. Bader. Career includes work with the Delaware Curative Workshop, the National Easter Seal Society, and the Social Security Administration. Community involvment includes membership and volunteer work for the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony, Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, WHRO, and many other professional and civic organizations in Virginia and Delaware. Materials in the collection include personal, religious, and professional certificates, awards, and licenses; business and civic papers; conference materials; correspondence; photos; and memorabilia from her life and travels.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection documents the family and personal life, education, career, and community involvement of Eleanor J. Bader. Materials in the collection include personal, religious, and professional certificates, awards, and licenses; business and civic papers; conference materials; correspondence; photos; and memorabilia from her life and travels. The bulk of the collection covers Bader's career including her work with the Delaware Curative Workshop, the National Easter Seal Society, and the Social Security Administration.

Collection Historical Note

Eleanor Johanne Bader was born March 15, 1922, in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the daughter of John A. Bader II and Eleanor Verena Antweiler Bader and the second of three children, Francis, her older brother and Anne her younger sister.

She attended Ursuline Academy, a Catholic high school for girls, in Wilmington, graduating from high school in 1940. Ms. Bader graduated from the University of Delaware in December 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical EducationShe attended the Physical Therapy graduate program at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was awarded a certificate in Physical Therapy in 1944. At that time, the University did not grant degrees in Physical Therapy.

Ms. Bader received her certification in physical therapy in 1946 from the American Registry of Physical Therapists.  In October 1945, she joined the Delaware Curative Workshop in Wilmington, Delaware, as a founding member.  The DCW was originally funded by the Junior League. Later it was funded in part by community donations under the Red Feather/Community Chest umbrella.  The Red Feather and Community Chest organizations were founded in the late 19th century and were the forerunner of the United Way organizations. Ms. Bader was named Executive Director of the DCW in October 1950.

She resigned from the Delaware Curative Workshop in 1962 to take a position as Program Consultant with the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, now known as the Easter Seal Society, headquartered in Chicago.  Ms. Bader relocated from Wilmington to Chicago to take this position. During her career with the Easter Seal organization, Ms. Bader held a number of positions, including Director, Care and Treatment Services, and Administrator for Programs.  In 1971 Ms. Bader left the Easter Seal Society following reorganization. In 1971 Ms. Bader began her career in public service.  Her first position was in the newly formed ACTION agency working on the Foster Grandparents program. In 1972 she moved to the Social Security Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, in Baltimore, Maryland. During her career with the Social Security Administration, Ms. Bader held a number of positions, including Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Supplemental Security, Services Coordinator for Evaluation, and Acting Director, OIRPC. During her career with the SSA, Ms. Bader received several commendations, including the Associate Commissioner’s Citation, 1980, and the Commissioner’s Citation, 1978. In 1984 she was named a Switzer Scholar.  This annual award recognizes individuals for achievement in the field of rehabilitation.  She participated in the Switzer Memorial Seminar that year.  She retired from the federal government in 1985 as Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner for External Liaison.  At that time she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Ms. Bader has been committed to community involvement and civic engagement with professional, volunteer, and cultural organizations throughout her life.  She continued a family tradition of civic engagement that she described as grounded in the experience of the World War I veterans who enthusiastically participated in civic life.

She was an active participant in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.  She was a speaker at professional conferences throughout her career. In 1965 and 1967 Ms. Bader participated in the DIADEM program.  This program was an exchange program fostering relationships between disabled Danish and American youth.  In 1965 Ms. Bader organized a trip to Denmark and traveled there with an American delegation.  Fifty-three young people travelled throughout Denmark, sightseeing and exploring the Danish rehabilitation system. Two years later Ms. Bader participated in DIADEM RETURN when a delegation from Denmark visited the United States.  In 1985, she received the President’s Award of the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities for “outstanding contributions to rehabilitation services for disabled persons.” She also received an award from the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.

Ms. Bader was a member of civic organizations such as the Pilot Club International and Beta Sigma Pi during her years in Wilmington, Delaware.  She was on the boards of Catholic Social Services, Catholic Education Guild, Arthritis Foundation and the Delaware Easter Seal Society. She also was a member of a community chorus.  She was an active alumna of her alma mater, the University of Delaware.  In addition, she received the University Medal of Honor in 1984 in recognition of outstanding achievement.

In retirement she had been a volunteer with the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater.  She had been a board member of the Virginia Opera Guild, which included a term as President, the State Board of the Virginia Opera Association and the Virginia Opera Association Hampton Roads Board of Governors. Ms. Bader was also in the Virginia Symphony League.

Eleanor Bader passed away on October 12, 2013 in her home at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach.

Timeline:

1922 – Birth, Wilmington, Delaware

1940 – High School Graduation, Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, Delaware

1943 – College Graduation, B.S. Health and Physical Education, University of Delaware

1944 – Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1945 – Physical Therapist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1945 – Founding Member of Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1945 – Physical Therapist and Assistant Director, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1946 – Physical Therapy Certification, American Registry of Physical Therapists

1947 – Assistant Director and Chief Physical Therapist, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1950 – Executive Director, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, Delaware

1961 – Resigned as Executive Director of the Delaware Curative Workshop

1962 – Program Consultant, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1964 – Director of Care and Treatment Services, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1965 – DIADEM Trip

1967 – DIADEM Return

1967 – Administrator for Programs, The National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, Illinois

1971 – Left National Easter Seal Society as a result of reorganization.

1971 – Consultant, Domestic and Anti-Poverty Operations Older American Volunteer Programs, ACTION, Washington, D.C.

1972 – Acting Chief of the Foster Grandparents Program, ACTION, Washington, D.C.

1972 – Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Supplemental Security Income,  Social Security Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Baltimore, Maryland

1974 – Director of Organization Liaison, Social Security Administration

1978 -- Acting Director, OIRPC, Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

1979 – Special Assistant for External Liaison, Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

1985 – Retired and moved to Virginia Beach

1986 – Joined Virginia Opera Association

1987 – Joined Virginia Opera Guild

1987 – Became a Virginia Opera Docent

1988 – Joined Virginia Symphony Orchestra League

2013 – Death, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Subject/Index Terms

American Physical Therapy Association
Beta Sigma Phi
Civic leaders--United States
Delivering Inclusive Access to Disabled and Elderly Members (DIADEM)
Foster Grandparent Program (U.S.)
National Easter Seal Society (U.S.)
Physical therapists--United States
United States. Social Security Administration
Virginia Opera Association
Virginia Symphony
Voluntarism--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: A second accession was received in 2013.

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 Hollinger document cases; 7 Half-Hollinger document cases; 2 multimedia boxes; 2 notebook boxes; 3 clamshell boxes, and 2 oversize boxes.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Eleanor J. Bader

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2010-10

Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Eleanor J. Bader

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Eleanor J. Bader Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The finding aid was created by Mel Frizzell, Special Collections Assistant, from 2010-2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was revised in 2013 after an addition to the collection was received.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal and Family, circa 1922-2013, undated],
[Series II: Education, circa 1930-1999, undated],
[Series III: Career, circa 1940-1989, undated],
[Series IV: Organizations, circa 1940-2011, undated],
[Series V: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1959, undated],
[Series VI: Multimedia, circa 1940-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts, circa 1929-2009, undated],
[All]

Series I: Personal and Family, circa 1922-2013, undated
This series contains materials related to Eleanor Bader’s personal and family life.
Sub-Series A: Personal Information, 1922-2013, undated
This sub-series contains items related to Eleanor Bader’s personal history including her birth certificate and baby book. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1
Folder 1: Birth Certificate, Eleanor Bader, 1922 March 15
Folder 2: Baby Book – Eleanor Bader, undated
Folder 3: Birthday Book, undated
Folder 4: Funeral Program, 2013 November 23
Folder 5: Music Pupils Practice Books, undated
Folder 6: Personal Diaries, 1944-1945
Sub-Series B: Family Information, 1934-2010, undated
This sub-series contains items related to Eleanor Bader’s family life including correspondence with relatives and materials specific to family members and her fiancé John Jack Walsh who was killed in World War II. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1
Folder 7: The Bader Girls Schedule, undated
Folder 8: Bader Family Obituaries, undated
Folder 9: Anne Bader Inscoe (Sister) - Obituary, 2010 November 28
Folder 10: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – Historical Background Information, undated
Folder 11: Edward G. Mays (Cousin)-Family Correspondence, 1986-1993
Folder 12: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – Military Correspondence, 1970-1991
Folder 13: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – Military Medical Records, undated
Folder 14: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – World War II Recollections, undated
Folder 15: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – Obituary and Funeral, 1993
Folder 16: Edward G. Mays (Cousin) – Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 17: Eleanor Verena Antweiler Bader (Mother) – American Red Cross Certificate, undated
Folder 18: Eleanor Verena Antweiler Bader (Mother) – Correspondence, 1961-1978
Folder 19: Francis Bader (Brother) – Correspondence, 1943-1957
Folder 20: John A. Bader II (Father) – Business, 1954
Folder 21: John A. Bader II (Father) – Correspondence, 1935-1945
Folder 22: John A. Bader (Father) --  Contractor and Builder City License, Wilmington, Delaware, 1934 November 7
Folder 23: John A. Bader II (Father) – Delaware Steeplechase and Race Association Stockholders, 1946-1950
Folder 24: John A. Bader II (Father) -- Delaware Trust Company, 1955
Folder 25: John A. Bader II (Father) --  Kiwanis Club, 1956 January 11
Folder 26: John Jack Walsh (Fiancé) I, 1943-1944
Folder 27: John Jack Walsh (Fiancé) II, 1943-1944
Folder 28: John Jack Walsh (Fiancé) III, 1943-1944
Folder 29: John Jack Walsh (Fiancé) - Obituary, 1944 November 3
Sub-Series C: Religious, circa 1940-1969, undated
This sub-series contains material of a religious nature including religious certificates, correspondence, inspiration, and ordination and memorial cards. Material dates is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Box 1
Folder 30: Religious Certificates, 1959-61
Folder 31: Religious Correspondence, circa 1950-1959
Folder 32: Religious Correspondence, circa 1960-1969
Folder 33: Religious Inspiration, undated
Folder 34: Religious Ordination and Memorial Cards, circa 1940-1969
Sub-Series D: Correspondence, circa 1930-2012, undated
This sub-series contains personal correspondence, invitations, and greeting cards.  Material is arranged by type of material and then chronologically.
Box 2
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, circa 1940-1949
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, circa 1950-1959
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence, circa 1960-1969
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence, circa 1970-1979
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence, circa 1980-1989
Folder 6: Personal Correspondence, circa 1990-1999
Folder 7: Personal Correspondence, undated
Folder 8: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1930-1939
Folder 9: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1940-1949
Folder 10: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1950-1959
Folder 11: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1960-1969
Folder 12: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, circa 1970-1979
Folder 13: 90th Birthday Cards I, 2012 March 15
Folder 14: 90th Birthday Cards II, 2012 March 15
Folder 15: Greeting Cards, Announcements, and Invitations, undated
Sub-Series E: Personal Finances and Housing, 1944-2006, undated
This sub-series contains information related to Eleanor Bader’s banking and personal finances, income taxes, housing, and insurance. Income taxes are included to show how little income civil servants actually made. Materials are further broken into sub-headings which, with the exception of income taxes, are arranged alphabetically. Income taxes are arranged chronologically.
Box 3
Folder 1: Bank of Delaware, undated
Folder 2: Blair and Company, New York Stock Exchange, undated
Folder 3: Income Tax Returns, 1945-1982
Folder 4: Income Tax Returns (Amended), 1983-1986
Folder 5: Income Tax Returns, 1987-1994
Folder 6: Income Tax Returns, 1995-2006
Folder 7: Lease and Rental Information  – Lake Shore Apartment Lease, Chicago, IL, 1961-1972
Folder 8: Lease and Rental Information – Michelle Towers, Washington, DC, 1972
Folder 9: Lease and Rental Information – Hampton Plaza Apartments, Towson, MD, 1972-1973
Folder 10: Liberty Mutual Home Owners Insurance, 1972-1973
Folder 11: Moving Expenses, 1961-1973
Folder 12: Ledgers, 1944-1963
Folder 13: Receipts, undated
Folder 14: The Protector Policy, undated
Sub-Series F: Memorabilia, 1952-1973, undated
This sub-series includes travel souvenirs and memorabilia from trips to Ireland and Mexico, and a cruise on the S.S. Nassau.  Also included is a 1973 Inauguration Program for Richard Nixon. Additional materials include travel maps, brochures, and foreign stamps. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 4
Folder 1: International Certificates of Vaccination, undated
Folder 2: Ireland (International Conference) – Travel Souvenirs, 1969
Folder 3: Mexico (Vacation) – News Clippings, 1958
Folder 4: Mexico (Vacation) – Travel Souvenirs, undated
Folder 5: Passports, undated
Folder 6: Richard Nixon Inauguration Program, 1973
Folder 7: S.S. Nassau Cruise (Vacation) – Travel Souvenirs, 1952
Folder 8: Travel Maps and Brochures – United States, undated
Sub-Series G: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2009, undated
This sub-series contains various items related to Eleanor Bader’s personal life that do not fit easily into the other sub-series including drawings, recipes, voter cards, and fishing licenses. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 4
Folder 9: Blood Donor, undated
Folder 10: Dale Carnegie Course, 1954-1955
Folder 11: Drawings/Sketches, undated
Folder 12: Fishing License, 1950-1952
Folder 13: Household Correspondence, circa 1960-1969
Folder 14: The Interpreters (Wilmington Singing Group), undated
Folder 15: Music Programs, undated
Folder 16: Nutri-system Weight Loss, 1980
Folder 17: Opera Guides (Annotated), undated
Folder 18: Party Plans, circa 1970-2009
Folder 19: Recipes, undated
Folder 20: Voter Registration Card, 1998
Folder 21: Miscellaneous, undated

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[Series I: Personal and Family, circa 1922-2013, undated],
[Series II: Education, circa 1930-1999, undated],
[Series III: Career, circa 1940-1989, undated],
[Series IV: Organizations, circa 1940-2011, undated],
[Series V: Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1959, undated],
[Series VI: Multimedia, circa 1940-2009, undated],
[Series VII: Oversize Materials, Memorabilia, and Artifacts, circa 1929-2009, undated],
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